The Edge also received new exterior styling, upgraded interior materials and more powerful engines. The interior no longer looks like every other Ford model. Ford engineers also improved the Edge's aerodynamics, dropping the drag coefficient from 0. But we do appreciate the refined transmission and the car's all-wheel-drive system. Even a little tiny nub in the middle of the flush-mounted buttons would make all the difference in the world.
This would leave interior lights on causing a safety concern. The 22-inch wheels come standard on the Sport version. After a little tweaking, we found our preferred configuration, showing the fuel and tach gauges as vertical bar meters, with fuel economy statistics next to them. Apparently, Ford is taking this whole midcycle-refresh thing seriously. Ride quality is on the firm side, but absorbent enough; and while the Edge Sport had a bit more road noise and a more active ride, we were surprised that it wasn't rougher still.
Later this year, another powertrain will be available: a direct-injected, turbocharged 2. Highlights include an especially roomy back seat with reclining seatbacks and a center console big enough to swallow a laptop or purse. To make it easier to register information at a glance, Ford color codes the screens, using green for navigation, red for audio, yellow for the phone, and blue for climate control. Literally have to click 1 cm to the left of whatever I want to click. The more desirable 2011 Ford Edge Sport adds a black-finished grille, smoked headlamps and taillamps, new body-color side skirts and door cladding, and different front and rear fascias. Aluminum trim on the pedals and paddle shifters matches up with distinctive leather seats. Ford's popular five-seat crossover got a lot of worthwhile upgrades for 2011, including an improved interior, a spiffed-up Sport trim and better gas mileage.
We were particularly keen on driving the Sport, which gets not only the unique aesthetic treatments but also its own engine. Drivers should be able to quickly adjust the climate and radio without taking their eyes off the road. Ford Edge was previously only offered with a V-6. Our criteria were simple: Any American-branded vehicle regardless of origin or place of assembly was eligible. Also it has been a great family vehicle for everyday as well as vacations. My initial impressions were slightly tainted from a previous stint in the vehicle, so I kind of knew up front that I would enjoy the ride but hate the brand new MyFord Touch in-vehicle infotainment system. In our Sport trim model, Ford's three-bar grille is black instead of chrome, and a big air duct sits below the grille.
On the freeway it let the engine run at low rpms, around 2,000 while cruising at 70 mph. The Edge Sport gets this 3. Seems like it should do better for the way it is rated. Inside, the dashboard, instrument cluster, center stack, and console have all been redesigned. Coolest by far, however, are the black-and-silver 22-inch forged wheels on Sport models. I've been getting an average of 24 mpg in the city.
Ford refuses to do anything about it. Cannot move the selector and the car cannot be started. The anchors are equally impressive: Ford revised the entire braking system for all Edges after the previous version turned in buslike stopping events. The temperature controls were also not working properly, you would either get max heat or max air instead of being able to set the temperature of the air to a steady level. More intriguing is the direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine coming next year. Torque creeps up by 3 lb-ft, for a total of 253 at 4000 rpm. The 2011 Ford Edge is a very well-equipped vehicle in many respects; but undeniably, the star of the feature set is the new MyFord Touch interface.
The flush-mounted inductive-type buttons make that impossible in the Edge Sport. I have yet to hit the average fuel mileage quoted for this car too. This is where the MyFord Touch really shines. Still, the ride is commendable over all but big bumps, a testament to the revised suspension tuning. The lag can be a bit frustrating at first, but over time, you just learn to slow down a bit. However, Ford has made firmware updates available, which make the system easier to use. The Sony sound system, the high-end stereo option, is fitted behind a high-gloss black panel on the center stack that brings the Sony look even into some vehicle controls.
But like the previous generation, the 2011 Edge feels heavy behind the wheel. I have 94000miles on it. We could quickly dig through our paired phone's contact list or find Sirius Satellite Radio stations. The system wouldn't turn on, flashed the defroster didn't work causing the windows to fog up and create unsafe conditions. The Edge's backside is defined by four-inch dual exhaust outlets, and two-piece jewel lens taillamps.
The Edge Sport gets more than just new brakes, a new powertrain, and a monstrous new grille, though—it also gets a sumptuous new interior, which comes standard with the MyFord Touch infotainment system. In sum The MyFord Touch interface in the 2011 Ford Edge shows great initiative in design, and works very well for controlling the car's various infotainment applications. As did the parking break pads. The exterior sheet metal went from pedestrian to radical. Originally available on the Edge; it has been added to the option lists of the Mustang, Flex, and the 2011 Explorer. I like the setup of the Edge as far as room and layout of the dash. The seats grip you as tight as the rubber wrapping the 22-inch wheels hold on to the pavement.